ALL hospital trusts in Haringey and those who care for the borough's patients have been licensed by independent health watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The Whittington Hospital, in Magdala Avenue, Archway, is the latest trust to be regulated under the tough new standards which came into force on April 1.

Haringey Teaching Primary Care Trust, now known as NHS Haringey, and Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust were among the first to be registered last month. North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust was in the second wave.

Being granted the licence means all trusts have met the required quality and safety standards to be awarded the licence.

The trusts will be constantly monitored and if standards are not maintained, the independent health watchdog will issue warning notices which, if ignored, will lead to fines, prosecutions, restrictions on activities or, in extreme cases, closure.

Among the 16 standards are treating patients with respect, involving them in decisions about care, keeping clinical areas clean, and ensuring services are safe.